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Pardew Wants To Use Sissoko’s Massive Energy And Power

10:06 am, Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

The performance of Moussa Sissoko in the first 45 minutes as a Newcastle player on Tuesday night was something to behold, and he put in a great first half shift against Aston Villa before being replaced in the second half, after he was feeling the pace of the Premier League.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action at Villa Park

We had thought that Moussa would be deployed as the defensive midfielder – since that was the principal position he played at Toulouse – but Alan Pardew played him essentially as a withdrawn striker just behind Papiss Cisse up front – and it worked a charm as the Villa defenders just couldn’t mark him adequately.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about his new 23 year-old 6’2″ midfield powerhouse:

“My vision of him in the team is to play a role where he is using his energy. He has massive energy and power.” “I don’t want to compare him to another player but he can play, I would say, all three roles in that midfield area.”

“He can play behind the front, he can play number eight in a sort of Stevie Gerrard type role and he can sit.” “He learned a lot on Tuesday. He is not going to have it all his own way and in the second half he found it a bit more difficult.”

We expect the same side to start against Chelsea on Saturday – and the London side could only draw at Reading on Wednesday night, when they conceded two goals in the 87th minute and 5 minutes into injury time.

That gave Reading a valuable home point – and you guessed it – it was Adam Le Fondre who scored both goals after he came on as a sub after 67 minutes – much like he did when Reading beat Newcastle almost two weeks ago and he also scored both goals.

It will be interesting to see if we can take a point off Chelsea – but we’ll have to steady ourselves in the second half – whatever the score is – as we seem to get over-run far too much in the final 45 minutes of games this season.

We now have adequate players to come on as subs now – after some excellent transfer business in January as we saw when Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was introduced on Tuesday night.

A point would be very welcome against Chelsea,  and a win would be fantastic.

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48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Someone take Kets belt and shoelaces…

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I have high hope for this player long term. I don’t expect too much this season though. You will get some brilliance and general good player but I wont fault the lad for the odd mistake or poor game as it takes time to settle.

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    We’ll see he best of his lad after he gets a pre-season stamina boost.
    He may need substituting at 70 minutes for a while.

  • 4 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Should be an interesting game against Chelsea, really hard to call as both teams have the ability to perform well or simply implode.

    Not looking forward to facing Ba tbh. Another Cisse brace would be nice though.

  • 5 BelfastMagpie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    One Paul Scharner !
    There’s only one Paul Scharner !

  • 6 ichrisho // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Spoon is to a shovel eh ED? Keep the web server alive…!!!! 🙂

  • 7 toon1707 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I would be very happy with a point on Saturday but if we take the game to Chelsea and give them a game instead of stupid tactics of defend a. 0-0 game we could win the game as there defence is suspect at the minute conceding a few goals

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Conaldo..Where have you been hiding lately? Been locked in discussions with your mate Paul?

  • 9 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Very impressive start but he seemed to run out of energy a bit after 60 mins, as did gouffran although thats to be expected really but it should improve as the season goes on hopefully

  • 10 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I think it is almost guaranteed that ba will score.
    Cisse better have his shooting boots on.

    Although it has never been a better time to play chelski, they are Having. A bad time at the moment.

  • 11 ichrisho // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I think we should go for Graham… he would be a great super-sub to come on when Cisse has got to 15 offsides…

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    links to belhanda really heating up…could be legs in it

  • 13 croftus5678 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    yep class player i think gouffran will become better once he has learnt how to get behind the back four of a prem team aswell.
    mbiwa i think will take slightly longer to get to grip with the pace of the prem though esp like in the second half against villa where (credit to him) he was trying to get the team to push forward and defend higher up.

  • 14 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Pardew should fine Cisse every time he runs offside and doesn’t realise.
    Soon stop him doing it.

  • 15 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Im optimistic for chelsea. The stadium will be rocking i reckon and i do think we’ll attack as i dont think we’d be expected to get much out of the game. I’d take a draw with a good solid performance.

  • 16 BelfastMagpie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    We should certainly be in for Graham. 5 million is pretty cheap in my opinion. For a english striker anyway.

  • 17 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    After watching the Chelsea game last night

    They are there for the taking we just need to press them high up the pitch from the start Sissoko to bully Oscar and Mata

    Hope Cech is still injured as their defense is all over the place with Turner in goals Dreamboat should be hitting pings from every angle if Turner is still in goal!!!

    On our youth development signing Mbabu is a great idea but we need to keep him here till the summer and then loan him out to league 1 or 2 next season or the SPL

    For me this has been the problem with Toon’s youth policy for at least a decade is that we seem to keep the younger players here till they are about 21 and then let them go or sell them we never seem to send enough players out on loan at the right time which would be about 18 – 19

    Think this has hampered Sammy a lot because he should have played a lot more games by now Abeid as well we kept him in the reserves for 2 years when we should have sent him to someone like Blackpool where he would have learned how to play properly with Ian Holloway

    Campbell needs to go out on loan next season as its a waste if we are not going to play him

  • 18 stuart no9 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    can anyone understand why were not going in for a CF.?

  • 19 geordiesteve520 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Sage, I’d heard that too – I have got a friends in Germany and it wa rumoured that Schalke were interested but also that we are too, they are normally pretty reliable on things, gave me a head’s up last year about Cisse.Would be an immense signing.

    Off topic – I see Harry ‘Double Standards’ Redknapp is up to his old trick; slagging off high wages one day and then giving Chris Samba £100k the next – I love deadline day, when we’ve not got any panicking to do.

  • 20 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    TS – Agreed!! Things have just gone crazy over France!

    Reply from my friend in response to my emailed pic…

    “He may be eating there before you know it! Will be home from home!”

  • 21 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    We wouldn’t lose money with Danny Graham.
    He’ll be worth 5M still in summer 2014.

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Lol@ harry redknapp,

    I’v got a feeling owld Arry will be so desperate later, he will be standing ootside skysports news studio trying to sign all the ex pro’s coming oot. Offering jamie and alan smith 100,000 a wk

  • 23 croftus5678 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    well cisse has a habit of scoring wonder goals against chelski you never know 🙂 and touch wood more manager troubles for them.

  • 24 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I don’t normally post comments saying who we should sign but £5m for Graham is a bargain for me,local lad,scored goals in the Prem before,support’s the lads.There was some talk of us being interested before he went to Swansea if i remember rightly.I think he’ll be a cracking signing.

  • 25 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Ibiza – I have hidden this for a long time, but I am actually Paul Scharners agent, (aswell) and I have been working long and hard to get him transferred to the toon. I’m not a very good agent.Thats why ibe been missing

    Although seriously I just took a little break, too many people arguing and shite just got boring.

  • 26 DonegalMagpie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I think the whole Geordie ticket would stand Danny in good stead bound to give 100% for the team !

  • 27 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    If we sign Belhanda i will have to go to the shop and buy a jar of hand cream,a rubber keyboard cover and a lock for the living room door.

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Wizard….It does get a tad tedious at times…anyway, good to see you’re still alive 🙂

    Stuart…We don’t know whether we are or not yet.

  • 29 FloridaToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    ESPN reporting we are in talks for Mirin,

    “At the moment, we’re talking to Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle,” Valenciennes president Jean-Raymond Legrand told RMC radio, adding that the player would not leave northern France immediately. “We’ve made it a condition that we get to keep the player until June.”

  • 30 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I really fancy us to get a result on saturday. 2-1 to the Toon no joke

    St james will be electric on Saturday

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM


    Have you heard anything about Mirin, ESPN running a story with quotes from his Chairman saying we are in negotiations with them.

  • 32 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Actually his surname pretty much describes what i’ll be doing,

  • 33 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Mojo – You paint quite a picture, my friend! Haha

  • 34 dubzy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Man utd agree deal to sign Younes Belhanda …twitter rounds

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Your sending me on an emotional rollercoaster!

  • 36 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Lilongwe – As far as I’m aware we have kept in constant contact with Mirin’s advisors though out this window – we initially we told no deal would be possible as we wanted him immediately in the midst of a departure of colo – but now we have colo (until summer), our interest is greatly renewed and the loan back to the club for season remainder isn’t an issue.

    However the price keeps going up…so not clear cut in the slightest.

  • 37 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    TADS – Sorry mate. As I say, NOTHING is guaranteed. We like the player, have shown interest in the player – but it may all come to nothing.

  • 38 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    BREAKING: LEAKED photo of Harry Redknapps assistant on #TransferDeadlineDay

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Mirin PEA belhanda and of course scharner!!!!!

  • 40 FloridaToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Rumor has it that Fulham have tabled a bid for Butland.

  • 41 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The belhanda to Man Utd news is via

    MAY be genuine – but there reputation for ‘exclusives’ isn’t great.

  • 42 dubzy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    belhanda pre-contract signd 4 man utd

  • 43 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Dummet is away back to St Mirren

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Torq – 2.5million euros is the figure I saw quoted for him. Would be a good replacement for Willo come June if we did the deal.

    Apparently Ashley and Pardew were meant to be meeting at half 10 today to decide on any last minute deals. Not sure how true that is, but if it is the case then we should expect nothing to happen for a few hours. Then a flurry of signings!! If not I’m joining Ibiza in getting the pitchforks out!! Ashley out and Pardew Out!! 😉

  • 45 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    man utd wont be in for belhanda in my view

    won’t be room for him out wide.

    they also have kagawa to lay behind the front 2 and players like van persie and rooney drop in there too.

    Non starter for me

  • 46 stuart no9 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    ibiza- just heard on ssn newcastles business is all done , however, untill the last minute no one really knows. newcasyle have allowed sky sports into the training ground – maybe something in that ?????

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Stuart…Not a clue mate, but anything can happen on deadline day. Not sure if that’s good or bad 🙂

  • 48 toonicle // Jan 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Let’s hope we don’t see the exact same side against Chelsea, at the very least I want to see Anita starting at the DM role.

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